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Leading Dynamic Schools

Leading Dynamic Schools Author Sharon F. Rallis
ISBN-10 9781412915564
Release 2008
Pages 121
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Helps educational leaders create a dialogue that represents all stakeholders, define relevant policies that are ethically sound, and integrate legally mandated policies with schoolwide resolutions.

Principals of Dynamic Schools

Principals of Dynamic Schools Author Sharon F. Rallis
ISBN-10 0761976108
Release 2000-04-15
Pages 174
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In this updated edition, Sharon Rallis and Ellen Goldring describe and illustrate good school leadership practices, drawing on the authors' case studies and surveys as well as the research of others.

Learning in the Field

Learning in the Field Author Gretchen B. Rossman
ISBN-10 9781412980487
Release 2011-07-07
Pages 365
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The popular text that helped readers better understand and practice qualitative research has been completely updated and revised. To help readers better visualize and grasp the concepts, issues, and complexities of qualitative inquiry, the authors introduce each chapter with discussions among three ′characters′--students whose research projects demonstrate the challenges and excitement of qualitative research. Woven into the chapters and the characters′ stories are three themes that make up the tapestry of qualitative research: First, research is a learning process. Second, research can and should be useful. Finally, a researcher needs to have a clear vision of the audience and purpose of a study.

Leading With Inquiry and Action

Leading With Inquiry and Action Author Matthew Militello
ISBN-10 9781452272948
Release 2009-07-23
Pages 168
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Enhance learning with a collaborative, inquiry-based system of leadership! This practical guide presents a systematic, ongoing process for collecting information, making decisions, and taking action in order to improve instruction and raise student achievement. The authors illustrate a collaborative inquiry-action cycle within a real-world context and offer questions and exercises to guide individual reflection and group discussion. Thoroughly grounded in research, this book helps administrators: Identify areas for instructional improvement Determine community-supported solutions and build stakeholder commitment Articulate an action plan based on multiple data sources Take steps that support teacher development Systematically evaluate program results

An Introduction to Qualitative Research

An Introduction to Qualitative Research Author Gretchen B. Rossman
ISBN-10 9781506307947
Release 2016-04-08
Pages 344
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The updated Fourth Edition of Gretchen B. Rossman and Sharon F. Rallis’s popular introductory text leads the new researcher into the field by explaining the core concepts through theory, research, and applied examples. Woven into the chapters are three themes that are the heart of the book: first, research is about learning; second, research can and should be useful; and finally, a researcher should practice the highest ethical standards to ensure that a study is trustworthy. The Fourth Edition includes an elaborate discussion of systematic inquiry as well as a nuanced discussion of developing a conceptual framework.

The Research Journey

The Research Journey Author Sharon F. Rallis
ISBN-10 9781462505142
Release 2012-03-28
Pages 190
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"This book is a product of our several decades of teaching about research, conducting research ourselves, advising graduate students who conducted research - and of our reflections on the teaching and on the conduct of research. The book is structured to follow a teaching sequence; in fact, it maps neatly onto our syllabus for the course. Each chapter begins with a series of critical questions that we hope will guide reading and prompt further questions for discussion. These questions are followed by a dialogue among five graduate students whose journeys into inquiry are just beginning. Their challenges and joys are embedded in these dialogues as well as throughout the chapters. We also draw on other examples from our students over the years in several places. The chapters end with learning activities that we have used over the years and refined, based on student feedback and our own critical reflections on how well they worked"--

Dynamic teachers

Dynamic teachers Author Sharon F. Rallis
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105018229695
Release 1995-08-08
Pages 157
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The role of the teacher is no longer confined to the classroom or to interactions with students. The authors of this book illustrate through case studies the emerging roles of `dynamic' teachers which incorporate: seeing themselves as professionals and making a commitment to professional behaviours; challenging student thinking through appropriate questioning strategies; extending the classroom into the community, and bringing the community into the classroom; and becoming agents of change, advocating school reform.

Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders

Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders Author Nicola A. Alexander
ISBN-10 013701600X
Release 2013
Pages 215
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Methodological in focus and educational in context, "Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders: A Step-by-Step Approach" presents a guide to the study of educational policy analysis. This text not only discusses and evaluates existing educational policy and relevant literature, but offers a walkthrough that leads readers through the stages of successful policy analysis while providing the background and foundational knowledge that educational administrators need to understand and implement. This text offers instruction for aspiring school leaders on not only how to understand and study educational policy, but how to do it themselves. Educational, practical, and student-focused, "Policy Analysis for Educational Leaders: A Step-by-Step Approach" meets the needs of aspiring and practicing educational administrators and policy leaders. The reliance on a step-by-step method to policy analysis is accompanied by relevant educational vignettes, case studies, and current news stories that inspire critical analysis of existing educational policies. Each chapter also includes additional helpful organizers such as Chapter Objectives, Focus Questions, Suggested Resources and chapter-by-chapter Annotated Bibliographies that synthesize applicable print and web resources to help to inspire further research and continued education. A foundational resource for students of policy analysis and acting educational leaders, this book find a unique place within the libraries of policymakers and administrators for years to come.

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Author Joseph F. Murphy
ISBN-10 9781506387048
Release 2016-12-21
Pages 360
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Unpack the standards and build a plan for leading learning Evidence increasingly points to a direct link between the curriculum leadership provided by educational leaders and the overall effectiveness of schools. Professional Standards for Educational Leaders introduces the foundations of the recently revised professional educational leadership standards and provides an in-depth explanation and application of each one. Written by the primary architect of PSEL, educational leadership expert Joseph F. Murphy, this authoritative guide to understanding and applying the standards explores the new emphasis on: Leadership of learning, school culture, and diversity Values, ethics, and professional norms of educational leadership Teacher quality, instruction, and caring support

Principals Avoiding Lawsuits

Principals Avoiding Lawsuits Author David Schimmel
ISBN-10 9781475831207
Release 2017-03-20
Pages 148
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This book gives principals the tools they need to avoid lawsuits by teaching their staff the information they need to practice preventive law. Lawsuits often begin when teachers unintentionally violate students’ rights such as searching a student’s cell phone without reasonable suspicion or failing to follow a student’s Individualized Education Program. These violations do not occur because teachers intend to break the law. They occurred because the vast majority of teachers are not required to learn about the rights and responsibilities of students and teachers in their teacher preparation programs. As a result, most teachers get their legal information from the “law school” of the teachers’ lounge—that is, from colleagues who are similarly uninformed and misinformed. Instead, what teachers want and need is an in-service program that will provide them with a basic understanding of school law. But most busy principals don’t have the time, knowledge and resources to provide such a program for their staff. This book will meet this critical, unmet need. It provides principals with the resources and lesson plans they need to incorporate school law into their professional development program. As a result, their teachers will get their information about school law from a reliable source – not from the rumors, fears and myths of the teachers’ lounge. By empowering their teachers with legal knowledge, principals and teachers will avoid lawsuits by becoming partners in the practice of preventive law.

Evaluation ethics for best practice

Evaluation ethics for best practice Author Michael Morris
ISBN-10 1593855702
Release 2008
Pages 230
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Focusing on ethical challenges in program evaluation, this innovative book features six case-study scenarios that end at a point where the evaluator faces a significant decision about how to proceed. For each case, two distinguished evaluators offer insights on the best course of action to choose, and why. "What If?" boxes modify the details of the scenarios, inviting readers to reflect on whether these changes alter the ethical implications of the case. Six additional cases are presented with questions that guide readers to develop their own ethical analyses. The book is organized to follow the progress of an evaluation, from the entry/contracting phase through the utilization of results.

Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect Grades K 8

Breaking the Culture of Bullying and Disrespect  Grades K 8 Author Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin
ISBN-10 0761946616
Release 2004-01-20
Pages 235
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Chosen by the National Bullying Prevention Campaign for inclusion in their Bullying Prevention Resources Kit, this book provides a comprehensive approach to a vast array of behavior-related problems.

Immigrant Children and the Politics of English only

Immigrant Children and the Politics of English only Author Tom Stritikus
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173008342181
Release 2002
Pages 193
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Annotation Stritikus (education, U. of Washington) presents the case of one California school district's experience with the changes in bilingual education policy brought about by Proposition 227. His ethnographic study focuses on four teachers in two schools in a rural district, and seeks to understand the nature of teachers' work in an out of classroom literacy contexts in the new policy environment created by Proposition 227. The author examines how teachers' work influences the nature of Proposition 227 as a reform strategy, and several factors that contribute to the connection between policy and practice. He concludes with possible implications of the findings for the understanding of language policy and the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice

What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice Author Stewart I. Donaldson
ISBN-10 1412957079
Release 2008-10-22
Pages 265
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What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation thoroughly covers one of the most fundamental issues facing applied research and evaluation practice today what counts as sound evidence for decision making? An internationally renowned line up of authors explore a wide range of issues that address the fundamental challenges of designing and executing high quality applied research and evaluation studies. Readers will come away from this volume with a new and clear understanding of the philosophical, theoretical, methodological, political, and ethical dimensions of gathering credible evidence to answer fundamental research and evaluation questions across diverse disciplinary boundaries and real world contexts.

Formative Assessment Leadership

Formative Assessment Leadership Author Karen L. Sanzo
ISBN-10 9781317670926
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 158
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This exciting new book is for school leaders who are interested in transforming their school and district practices. Discussing issues that impact students, teachers within their classrooms, and the larger school community, Formative Assessment Leadership explores how leaders can implement effective professional development and positive change in their schools. Breaking down formative assessment into manageable, understandable parts, the authors provide: An exploration of what formative data-based decision making looks like Scaffolding that enables school leaders to effectively integrate processes into their own school structure Discussion of potential barriers to success and how to overcome these challenges Practical examples that help ground the formative assessment leadership concepts A range of worksheets and templates to help implement formative assessment leadership in your schools

Creating Safe Schools for All Children

Creating Safe Schools for All Children Author Daniel Linden Duke
ISBN-10 020532018X
Release 2002
Pages 252
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Creating Safe Schools for All Students draws on the latest research, law, and expert judgment to offer educators a comprehensive program for designing safe schools. This book addresses several theoretical perspectives through which readers can come to understand school safety. It also provides a set of standards that educators can use to evaluate their schools and then develop practical and systematic plans for ensuring orderly and caring learning environments. Attention is given to the distinction between preventing violence and promoting safety. For educators or educational administrators.

Improving Instruction Through Supervision Evaluation and Professional Development

Improving Instruction Through Supervision  Evaluation  and Professional Development Author Michael DiPaola
ISBN-10 9781641131681
Release 2018-02-01
Pages 417
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In this second edition of Improving Instruction Through Supervision, Evaluation, and Professional Development we’ve maintained the conceptual framework while updating sections to provide the most recent research on instructional strategies that have the most promise of helping all students learn. Modifications of the law resulting from the reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act—Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (2015)—and their implication for practice are embedded throughout this new edition. Updated data collection tools for classroom observations are also provided. We included a link to a website that contains all the observation tools in electronic format so that observers can have the opportunity to collect data on a tablet or laptop, save the observation data as a PDF file and e-mail those data to the teacher observed. This new edition recognizes the reality that all principals are responsible for supervision, evaluation, and professional development of their teachers—tasks that are neither simple nor without conflict. The primary audience of this text is aspiring and practicing principals. We hope to help them understand both the theory and practice of supervision, evaluation, and professional development. However, observing instruction, collecting data for reflection, and having conversations about teaching, are not the sole provinces of principals. Master teachers, teacher leaders, and teacher colleagues can also benefit from the supervisory sections of the book, especially the chapters on high-quality instruction, improving instruction, and the classroom data collecting tools. The book provides numerous tools specifically designed to collect a variety of data in classrooms to improve instruction. Embedded in each chapter are exercises to apply Theory into Practice by responding to a set of questions posed by the key issues of the chapter. After the explication and illustration of the key concepts and principles of the chapter, actual Instructional Leadership Challenges as described by a successful practicing principal for reflection and analysis.